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Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Random Speculation About Random House

posted by on May 6 at 12:09 PM

According to the New York Times, Peter W. Olson, the chief executive of giant publisher Random House, and a man who looks like the main character in a 1980’s John Updike novel


—will resign. Or will be forced to resign by a penny-pinching boss, because profits at Random House (one of the three biggest publishers in the US) fell 5.6 percent last year. At least Olson was a heavy reader, and so he was likely to read a lot of the product he was responsible for. I shudder to think what’ll happen if Bertelsmann, the German company that now owns Random House, puts an accountant in charge. Get ready for the book version of Ouch My Balls!

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Bold tag!

Posted by Aislinn | May 6, 2008 12:23 PM

Get a fucking haircut. And some new glasses. Jesus Christ.

Posted by Mr. Poe | May 6, 2008 12:24 PM

Why, thank you, Aislinn. I think your tag is pretty bold, too.

Posted by Paul Constant | May 6, 2008 1:36 PM

He looks more like the demented love child of a threeway between Steven King, Dean Koontz, and Ridley Pearson.

Posted by Greg | May 6, 2008 2:19 PM


There's some Tim Gunn in there, too. It just doesn't work.

Posted by Mr. Poe | May 6, 2008 2:47 PM

Olson was a penny-pinching boss who pushed out editors who thought writing was an art.

Posted by left coast | May 6, 2008 2:49 PM

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